LAS VEGAS – Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 team crew chief Chad Knaus and 3,500 managers from Lowe’s stores across North America gathered for an exciting cause.
Together, the group built more than 1,000 bicycles – 1,048, to be exact – that will be donated to Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.
“The energy was so high, and the relationship I’ve had with Lowe’s all these years has meant so much to me,” Johnson said. “Not only do we have a great relationship from the racing side, but to be involved with the different charitable aspects that they’re so generous with. This is just another one of those amazing things that they do.”
The driver shared updates throughout the build on his Twitter account.
Knaus joked that he was “stern, but fair” as he inspected each newly built bike before it was deemed fit for donation.
“The inspection process was exactly the way it needed to be,” the crew chief smiled. “They all passed their qualifying laps with their bicycles, and it’s going to be really neat to see these bikes distributed to the young kids.”
And in the end, when children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada came to check out their new rides, it made for an uplifting end to the event.
“Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada are going to get 1,048 bikes,” Johnson beamed. “It’s just incredible to see how many kids are going to smile as a result.”